30 establishments fail BFP’s standards in Bacolod

BACOLOD CITY, May 31 (PNA) — About 30 establishments, mostly boarding houses, failed to meet the standards of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) during their May inspection in the metro.

Included in the list of establishments that failed to secure fire safety inspection certificates were public schools, dormitories and commercial establishments.

Deputy City Fire Marshal Inspector Publio D. Ploteña disclosed that these erring establishments have obstructed fire exits and faulty fire alarms and emergency lights.

Some also lack signages that could direct people to fire exits in case of emergency, he said.

The fire official, however, refused to name the concerned establishments for some reasons.

For the whole month of May, BFP-Bacolod inspected 719 establishments and only 689 were given fire safety inspection certificates.

The 30 establishments that failed BFP’s standards were given Notice to Comply within a considerable period of time that both parties agreed upon.

If the establishment owner remained defiant, BFP-Bacolod will issue a Notice to Correct and failure to follow the order for the second time will mean penalties.

Persons violating the Fire Code of the Philippines are obliged to pay fines ranging from P25,000 to P50,000 depending on the gravity of the offense. (PNA)



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